ALERT: Someone is sending emails as a fake Limor Fried & using Whatsapp … @whatsapp

Hey folks, over the last couple months someone has been sending emails as our founder and engineer “Limor Fried.” The scammer appears to be emailing electronic companies after finding a contact email from the electronic company webpages and then asking the company to call/email them. The email address is not an @adafruit.com address of course, they are using email addresses like [email protected] Some of the emails sent were from other email providers and our team was able to get the accounts disabled, however, that is just “wack-a-mole” as they say. The recent ones have a Whatsapp phone #. We called and messaged the # and then were blocked it seems. We contacted Whatsapp, and alerted our legal folks. We also emailed protonmail (the most recent one) and they said “We will investigate and disable this account if we confirm that it’s being used to impersonate someone for purposes of fraud. ​Best regards, The ProtonMail Security Team”

So! Here’s a screenshot of the email that is being used each time. The electronic companies are all smart and knew right away it was not the real Limor, enough were sent out though that we wanted to post about it here to refer to.
Adafruit 2018 0219

The previous one(s) looks like this…
Adafruit 2018 0221

To be clear, that is not Limor. Limor does not even have a phone (or send emails like that). The Adafruit team uses only the following means for official Adafruit business: @adafruit.com and we do not use Whatsapp for phone calls.

In the past (and present, and future..) harassers, scammers, and stalkers have made fake Adafruit sites, sent emails as fake-Limor, fake-pt, fakes to our CFO, etc… pretty much everything that happens when you have a company or are a person online it seems. Shields up, stay frosty, and please email [email protected] when in doubt, we’ll check it out.


“We will take appropriate action against the account. If you notice any other similar accounts in the future, please let us know.
​Best Regards,
ProtonMail Abuse Team​”

Update: 10/11/2018

Another wave of fake Limors today. We contacted the hosting provider(s) and more as usual.

Headers are here.

Subject: Hello
Reply-To: [email protected]
Mail-Reply-To: [email protected]
X-Sender: [email protected]
User-Agent: Roundcube Webmail/1.3.3
X-AntiAbuse: This header was added to track abuse, please include it with any abuse report
X-AntiAbuse: Primary Hostname – emerald7.doveserver.com
X-AntiAbuse: Originator/Caller UID/GID – [47 12] / [47 12]
X-AntiAbuse: Sender Address Domain – adafruit.com
X-Get-Message-Sender-Via: emerald7.doveserver.com: authenticated_id: [email protected]
X-Authenticated-Sender: emerald7.doveserver.com: [email protected]

Begin forwarded message:
From: Limor Fried Subject: Hello
Date: 11 October 2018 at 14:57:02 CEST
Reply-To: [email protected]

Update: 1/22/2019, another…

Update: 1/23/2019 another (tried to use adafruiit.com this time, adafruit with two ii …)

Update: 1/29/2019, another… (we were alerted of two, both coming from [email protected], [email protected])

Update: 3/11/2019, they are still at it… they are now using: IP, smtp.hughes.net, from: [email protected] (we’ll see if there is a way to report this).

Update: 3/12/19, Microsoft banned the account.

Update: 4/24/19 we were alerted by a couple resellers they are at it again.

Update: 4/25/19 It appears the scammer was attempting to trick people they are emailing from [email protected] to filling out this form at “cognitoforms.com”, we were able to get the form taken down.


Update: 7/3/19 Looks like the fake-limor is at it again, this time they’re using a hotmail account ([email protected]), and a possibly hacked server/email account: [email protected]

Update: 8/19/19 Looks like another fake limor, this time using gmail. We reported [email protected] to google and google gmail abuse, we’ll see what happens.

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